Soil type for planted aquarium - Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care
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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-19-2013, 11:38 PM Thread Starter
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Soil type for planted aquarium

Hey. I bought MiracleGro Organic Choice Garden soil by accident. I think potting mix is what was recommended. I always wanted to have a NPT and my aquarium's been empty for far too long. The soil will be capped with gravel. Is MiracleGro Organic Choice Garden soil the wrong thing to be using? Thanks.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-20-2013, 12:00 AM
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I would recommend against putting anything in there for a while, since it'll release ammonia for a while.

Here's what a guy on another forum told me:

You can put it in a big bowl or tub, wet it really well. Let it sit for a few hours and scoop out the big floaters. Do this over and over a few times then let the soil dry a bit. Wet it again the next day, let it dry a bit more and wet one more time to dry a bit. It will take about a week if you put it outside to dry quick but by the time you do this it will be absolutely fine with little floaters by the time you are done. I did this and then mixed in half and half soil/floramax that I had left over and it's working out fine.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-25-2013, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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Okay, thank you!
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